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Barca B coach heavily linked as Xavi replacement

Rafael Marquez the new favourite for Barca job

2024/04/18 15:09

According to ESPN, former Barcelona defender Rafael Marquez is one of the leading candidates too replace Xavi Hernandez as the Catalans’ new head coach in the summer.

In late-January, Xavi announced his decision to step down of being in charge of Barcelona this summer following a poor run of form that was made worse by a 5-3 defeat to struggling Villarreal at the Olympic Stadium in Catalonia.

There had been suggestions Xavi may stay on in charge as they progressed in the UEFA Champions League but quarter-final elimination to Paris Saint-Germain in midweek has made it once again most likely that he will depart in a couple of months.

Rafael Marquez, who represented Barcelona on 242 occasions between 2003 and 2010, has been in charge of Barcelona B since 2022 and is following in footsteps taken by the likes of Pep Guardiola and Luis Enrique.

Under his management, Barcelona B are currently challenging Galician giants Deportivo La Coruna at the top-of-the-table in Group 1 of the third-tier in Spanish football. 

The former Mexico international has now been made the favourite to take the job ahead of the likes of Ruben Amorim, Hansi Flick and Roberto De Zerbi. 

Rafa Márquez
NameRafael Márquez Álvarez
Born/Age1979-02-13(45 -yrs-old)
Job RoleManager



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2024-04-18 16h03m by jwhiteheadbarnes
Wow, this is exciting news! Marquez would be a great choice to replace Xavi as the new head coach for Barcelona. As a former player and current coach of Barcelona B, he has the experience and knowledge to lead the team to success. Can't wait to see how he fares next season!
2024-04-18 15h39m by mfosterfield
Interesting choice for Barca's new head coach. As a fan, I have high hopes for Rafael Marquez and can't wait to see what he brings to the team.
2024-04-18 15h39m by awalkerson7
Wow, Marquez could be our new head coach! As a Barca fan, I'm excited to see what he can bring to the team. Can't wait for the new season!
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